Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Change is in the Air

First of all, I apologize for my unexplained absence. I was trying to get my latest manuscript out to beta readers, and I finally did late last week - hooray! While I'm waiting to hear back, I decided to give my blog a new look that better represents the kind of writing I do - mysteries with a touch of creepy.

You may have noticed another change if you read my "About Me" section - I'm starting nursing school! I've been accepted to an Accelerated BSN program which means I can get my BSN in one year since I already have a BS in engineering. I'll need a year of prerequisites (mostly biology) before I can start the program, though, so it will actually be two years. I start my prerequisites in January 2013 and, if all goes according to plan, I'll start the BSN in January 2014. I'm still debating whether I'll do that BSN option or get an Associates nursing degree at a school much closer to home, but either way I'll need the year of prerequisites.

So, that may mean more unexplained absences in the future. Since I started my blog I've been a stay-at-home mom and writer, which allowed me a lot of free time. I'm sure going to school will put a serious cramp in that, but I'll do my best to keep a regular blogging schedule, though there will undoubtedly be times when I fall behind. I hope you'll all understand!

So, big changes happening here. Any changes in your life lately?

30 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a big step, but you can do it!
Congratulations on finishing the manuscript and sending it to your beta readers. I got mine back from my critique partners recently and am doing final edits before sending to my publisher.
We have missed you, Susan!

Brinda said...

Congrats on a new adventure! It sounds like you will be a very busy woman. :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulations on starting a new career! A bold and adventurous step. Good luck to you!

As for big changes, I am probably going to apply for a sabbatical next school year. I'll have to take graduate courses while I'm on the sabbatical, but I'm hoping to fulfill some of my obligations through professional development -- ie: visiting schools as a writer/mentor to students and collaborating with teachers on writing workshops.

I'm going to start working on my application after Thanksgiving. Deep breaths ...

SA Larsenッ said...

Nice job getting your manuscript to your betas. Major congrats for having the guts to start a new career!! Nursing is an awesome occupation. I'm sure you're going to do great in school. As far as the blog's new do...I love it!!

Laurel Garver said...

Love the new look--just the right amount to spooky. And best wishes for your nursing studies! My sister is a nurse and loves it.

I've begun rethinking my blog content a bit to incorporate more variety that gives a taste of my fiction writing voice and passions, rather than just "shop talk" among writers. We'll see how it goes!

Brian said...

That is very exciting for you, congratulations!!!

Carol Riggs said...

Congrats in getting accepted to nursing school!! That will definitely keep you busier in the future. Good luck!

The Happy Whisk said...

I am most excited for you. Congrats on taking a new step forward and working so hard. Go you. Rah.

Amy Jarecki said...

Congrats on finishing your manuscript and going to nursing school! You are one busy mom!!

Crystal Collier said...

I went back to school a few years ago--nearly killed myself too, but that's another story. Just don't spread yourself too thin. Wishing you the best, and way to go!

SueBE said...

Adore the new look! Keep us posted as you go back to school. I just redesigned my web site (www.suebradfordewards.com) and am getting ready to start teaching again this winter. Oh, and writing. Always writing.

DEZMOND said...

woohoo! Congrats on all these big changes in your life, Suzie!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I am so proud of you Susan! You are making a big step forward in your life. You will be an amazing caring nurse that any sick person will be blessed to have. I know you well enough to know you will still write. You could drop down to posting twice a month if it helps.

Love you bunches!

You can do this!!!

Rose Munevar said...

From engineering to nursing! Wow- that's a change :) but best of wishes to you in your studies. I have an associate in nursing, and I know what it's like to be a mom and a student. Don't forget to take care of yourself too!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The world needs more nurses. You're going to be very busy juggling but that's a super career move.

Romance Book Haven said...

Congratulations on getting accepted for the program. You can do it!

All the best!

Nas

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the new look, Susan!

Biological sciences were always my favorite courses in high school and university. I started nursing school when I was eighteen. I quit a semester and a half later. I wasn't ready for it, especially the part where you see guys naked. lol

Jemi Fraser said...

Good for you!!! That's awesome news :)

I've never had a schedule - I just blog when an idea strikes. I figure it's all for fun so why not? :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on both school and getting the story in the hands of betas! You could share a snip with us... :-)

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Lydia Kang said...

Susan! Good luck in nursing school. I'm sure you're going to be such a wonderful nurse! And congrats on getting your story to your betas. I'm working on that right now.

Trisha said...

That spammy mofo up there needs to go away! But back to the point - congrats on enrolling in nursing school!! That's big news but of the good kind.

Love your blog's new look, too :) I'm planning on some transformation in the new year for my blog too, just not sure what yet. ;) It'll probably be a last-minute decision as most of my bloggy decisions are. hehe

Medeia Sharif said...

That is a big change. Congratulations. It's a great field to study. You'll adjust to a new schedule.

Lynn said...

Congratulations on your new adventure of going back to school to become a nurse! And to get your lastest MS out to beta readers. And to be a mom, and wife, and... wow, you have accomplished a lot! I recently received my certification of a Christian Life Coach and now need to work on launching the business. Lots of work but I do love and being part of seeing others succeed.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Whoa, that's awesome, Susan! How exciting to go back to school. :) I hope you love your classes and love nursing ... and still have time to write. <3

Marcia said...

How exciting and awesome! And I love your new bloggy look.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Love the changes!!
And good for you on the nursing!!

nutschell said...

Congrats on being accepted to Nursing School! Oh it's going to be a whole new adventure for you. Glad you've been writing. And glad to hear you've sent it out to beta readers!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Lynda R Young said...

oh wow, how exciting! Good luck with your studies. And congrats with getting your manuscript to beta readers. I hope they fall in love with your story.

Kelly Polark said...

Very exciting, Susan! Good luck to you. It's hard to get back in the school swing of things, but I know you will do great!